Formerly Today's Christian Doctor

CMDA Today (Formerly Today’s Christian Doctor™) is a full-color, quarterly magazine devoted to today’s issues in healthcare, including inspirational testimonies from fellow Christian healthcare professionals, public policy updates, glimpses into the future of healthcare and examples of how to integrate your faith into your practice.

This quarterly journal is distributed to our members. Many of our members tell us their families and patients enjoy reading this award-winning publication. While articles teach healthcare professionals how to integrate faith into their practice, it also includes testimonials from fellow Christian healthcare professionals, stories from the mission field and information on public policy issues.

Archived Issues:

Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2017

In the fall 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Walt Larimore explores ways you can incorporate spiritual care into your busy schedule. Other topics include the importance of spiritual training, overcoming burnout and more.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2017

In the summer 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Ron Brown highlights the results of Global Health Outreach’s long-term strategy in missions. Other topics include the opioid epidemic, fellowship in healthcare and sharing experiences with students.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2017

In the spring 2017 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, we examine the foundations of professionalism in healthcare. Other topics include a new program for neurologists, vaccines, fully surrendering to God and more.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Winter 2016

In the winter 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Scott Keller shares how one local chapter is actively serving the local community. Other topics include engaging with your family, your campus and more.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Fall 2016

In the fall 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. David Stevens showcases the ripples of the Steury Scholarship. Other topics include putting spirituality in your practice, CMDA’s transgender identification statement and how to combat burnout.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Summer 2016

In the summer 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor, Dr. Don Thompson shares how healthcare missions overcomes barriers. Other topics include how to plan to serve in cross-cultural ministry, changing the healthcare of an entire continent and more.

Today’s Christian Doctor – Spring 2016

The spring 2016 edition of Today’s Christian Doctor helps you journey through CMDA’s Dental Residency program through the eyes of one of its first dental residents, offers steps to evaluate career options beyond clinical practice and more.

Archived Individual Articles

JoySpring 2023

Joy for the Journey

On my first day of service with CMDA in 2016, I attended the annual Healthcare Missions Leadership Summit. We were welcomed by Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko, the International Director of Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), who challenged attendees to carefully monitor their joy levels in ministry.
AdvocacyEthicsSpring 2023

Who Holds the Judges Accountable or Can We Be Good Without God?

On November 24, 2022, the National Post reported that one in six women in Canada have had an abortion, and most of them think they made the right choice and therefore do not need to repent. A mere 10 percent regret their abortion. If Christianity is true, then everyone needs the gift of repentance.
AdvocacyEthicsSpring 2023

Advocating the Justice Priorities of Jesus

In 2021 the CMDA Board of Trustees assigned nine strategic initiatives to the staff of CMDA for completion over a three-year period. One of the two initiatives placed under the advocacy was to align its advocacy with policies where Jesus has the greatest concern.
EthicsSpring 2023

Moral Distress and Moral Injury in Healthcare

Moral distress and moral injury are relatively new terms, but the problems they reflect are ancient. They address the need to face moral challenges with the integrity of an undivided heart.
DentistryResidencySpring 2023

Disciples in Dentistry

When we meet someone new, one of the first questions we often ask is, “What do you do?” What we do is often the thing that largely defines us in broad strokes or gives us our identity.
HolidaysWinter 2022

The Season of Light Around the World

As the trappings of the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons emerge around us in North America, things look and feel quite different for our colleagues serving around the world. For cross-cultural missionaries serving far from home, this time of year is complicated.
PressureWinter 2022

Losing Our Language to Bureaucratic Jargon

As is often the case, this quarterly column is heavily dependent on my current reading. This time it is Roger Scruton’s Fools, Frauds and Firebrands. Healthcare professionals are being pressured into all sorts of actions, actions which make them uncomfortable and undermine their deepest commitment to the good of the patient.
Spiritual HealthWinter 2022

Your Body Will Be Whole: Meditations on Heaven

During my surgical training, I helped care for an aging professor who bemoaned his declining health. His mind still moved in academic circles, pondering the high points of chemistry and physics, but arthritis had so fused the bones in his neck that he couldn’t nestle into a pillow anymore.
Dental CareerMedical CareerWinter 2022

Healing from the Violence of Busyness: Five Biblical and Theological Reflections on Time and Work

When a medical code alert went off, my team took the stairs and not the elevators to save us precious seconds in the resuscitation. A “good” intern, I learned, gets their notes done as soon as possible.
RecoveryWinter 2022

A Time to EMBRACE Recovery

As those called to the healing profession, we have all lived and practiced through old and unprecedented new challenges in our careers. We can all agree the last few years have surely been unlike any we have ever experienced before in our lives.
AdversityFall 2022Resilience

Resilience in the Face of Personal and Organizational Adversity

Try as we may, adversity is unavoidable. Often unexpected, hardship comes into our lives in a variety of forms and levels—a cancer diagnosis, a harsh public criticism, a mistake or accident with a detrimental outcome, an economic downturn or even a pandemic or natural disaster.
AbortionAdvocacyDobbsFall 2022

The Landmark Decision: Finally Granting Life to the Pre-born

In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court finally corrected the debacle of the Roe v. Wade decision, ending 49 years of federal judicial fiat allowing legal abortion in all 50 states.